Budding anglers of all ages in Cornwall can look forward to a bumper season of free fishing events courtesy of the Environment Agency.

Last year’s ‘Get Hooked’ sessions proved so popular extra events have been added to this year’s programme to cope with the demand.

Once again the Agency has teamed up with the owners of local fishing lakes who have made their sites available for the events. Four fully qualified angling instructors will be close at hand to provide tuition at each of the sessions.

The majority of fishing events are for youngsters and will take place during the school holidays at various locations across Cornwall and West Devon. There are also family fun days plus a handful of new events for adult anglers. There are ‘Get Hooked’ sessions for youngsters aged 10 – 16 as well as events for young children.

The programme kicks off next month (April 11) with a coarse and trout fishing event for juniors at Bake Lake near Saltash and continues through the spring and summer. The final session, an introduction to trout fishing for adults, will be held at Stithians Lake near Redruth on September 8.

Numbers are limited so people are advised to book in advance. The Family events can be attended without advance booking, but if you want to make sure you get a chance to fish on the day it is recommended you book. In addition to fishing, family events at Siblyback Lake and Stithians Lake will include face painting, balloon modelling, a picnic, children’s play area and café.

“There’s something for everyone in this year’s ‘Get Hooked’ programme and what’s more its free! We’ve gone out of our way to ensure people of all ages have an opportunity to try their hand at fishing and enjoy a fun day out,” said Sally Mitchell for the Environment Agency.

To request a booking form please call Sally Mitchell at the Environment Agency on 01208 265012

Junior Events:
Trout Fishing (Ages 10 – 16)

April 11 – Bake Lakes, Saltash
May 29 – Stithians Lake, Redruth
May 31 – Siblyback Lake, Liskeard
August 20 – Treemeadow Trout Fishery, Hayle
August 21 – Stithians Lake, Redruth
August 22 – Siblyback Lake, Liskeard

Get Hooked on Fishing in 2007/2

Coarse Fishing (Suitable for Younger Children)

May 30 – Milemead Fishery, Tavistock
August 7 – Porth Reservoir, Newquay
August 8 – Langarth Lakes, Truro
August 9 – Langarth Lakes, Truro
August 10 – Goonabarn Lakes, Summercourt
August 23 – Bake Lakes, Saltash
August 24 – Bake Lakes
August 29 – Milemead Fishery, Tavistock

Family Fun Days – Trout Fishing

August 18 – Siblyback Lake, Liskeard
August 25 – Stithians Lake, Redruth

Adult Days (Age Over 16)

June 2 – Siblyback Lake, Liskeard
September 1 – Siblyback Lake
September 8 – Stithians Lake, Redruth

Coarse Fishing

August 1 – Bake Lakes, Saltash

Note: All events are free and there is no need to buy a rod licence